Bjarke Ingels Group's radical shakeup of the Vancouver skyline continues at Beach and Howe, where the sculptural profile of the tower is quickly coming together. Designed in collaboration with DIALOG and James Cheng Architects for Westbank, the 49-storey Vancouver House will form one of the most dramatic silhouettes on the cityscape.
The skyscraping development attracted significant international attention when concepts were first unveiled in 2012. That attention has only been magnified as the tower's sinuous shape erupts out of a site constrained and informed by the Granville overpass. Negotiating the property's spatial restrictions, the building employs a 30-metre setback at its base that dictates a triangular footprint. The tower then expands in size as it moves past the abutting elevated roadway.
Vancouver House is envisioned as the core of a new waterfront neighbourhood called the Beach District, a lively node for living and shopping that will be scattered with 60,000 square feet of retail space, 80,000 square feet of office space, multiple cultural spaces, and independent cafes and restaurants. Three parcels between the ramps of the Granville Bridge hide these mixed uses in modern low-rise buildings.
Residents of the 388 homes will have access to a wellness and recreation centre due to offer a full range of programs, classes and expertise. The sure-to-be-popular amenity includes a rooftop 25-metre heated pool, sheltered by a wood canopy but oriented to maximize natural light. One of the development's defining features is its high ratio of usable outdoor space, with terraces more than twice the size of similar residential buildings. Many of them will be lined with copper feature walls or soffit, with floors finished in ceramic tile. And because of the building's twisting shape, no two units are alike.
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